Deja Voodoo

Deja Voodoo

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by Gov't Mule
     
 

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Gov't Mule's Déjà Voodoo is the record guitarist Warren Haynes and drummer Matt Abts have been looking to make for a long time. Since the death of Allen Woody in August 2000, after the landmark Life Before Insanity, the Mule has been making records with guest bass players, most of them jam-orientedSee more details below

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Gov't Mule's Déjà Voodoo is the record guitarist Warren Haynes and drummer Matt Abts have been looking to make for a long time. Since the death of Allen Woody in August 2000, after the landmark Life Before Insanity, the Mule has been making records with guest bass players, most of them jam-oriented albums in live settings. With the permanent addition of bassist Andy Hess and keyboardist Danny Louis, Gov't Mule takes a giant step forward while retaining the gritty, powerful blues-rock base that is the hallmark of the band's sound. Moving out form the power trio format is a solid thing. Haynes' songwriting is focused, anchored in the additional textures Louis' B-3 and Rhodes can provide, while losing none of its rootsy, overdriven charm. The tunes here, all 12 of them, are anchored in that gloriously greasy riffing that Haynes does better than anyone, but there is a wonderful funkiness added to the mix. There's the crunch and roll piledrive of "Bad Man Walking," opening the album with the Rhodes punching in the holes on opposite sides of the beat from the bassline. There's the squalling wah-wah blues of "Perfect Shelter," which sounds like it's coming across Stevie Wonder's version of "Superstition" and the ghost of Jimi Hendrix's "Machine Gun." On the shimmering organ glissando in "Little Toy Brain," a power ballad from rock antiquity that breathes fire, Haynes gives his best ever vocal performance on record. And so it goes. The balls-out barroom stomp of "Slackjaw Jezebel" -- with one of the most dirty-assed basslines in recent memory -- is tempered by the lonesome country-rock of the beautiful "Wine and Blood." The sheer raucous guitar wonking roar that is "Lola Leave Your Light On," one of the album's meltdown points, leaves the listener responding "Whoa..." like Keanu Reeves in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Likewise, the switchblade six-string whomp of "My Separate Reality" is a bone-crusher that's full of raw whiskey soul as well. Déjà Voodoo is the album Gov't Mule's promised to make since its inception; this is a new chapter in the life of a truly inspiring rock & roll band.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882152826
catalogNumber:
21528
Rank:
38932

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gov't Mule   Primary Artist
Warren Haynes   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Matt Abts   Drums,Group Member
Andy Hess   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Danny Louis   Keyboards,Group Member

Technical Credits

Warren Haynes   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Michael Barbiero   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Andy Hess   Composer
Danny Louis   Composer
Rich Borge   Cover Art
Christer Manning   Art Direction
Ted Young   Engineer
Steve Bucino   Engineer
Mike Sciezi   Engineer

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